Bat surveys of a barn in Delamere Cheshire CW8

I completed bat surveys of a barn in Delamere Cheshire CW8 last week. The surveys are required for a planning application, to convert the barn for residential use. Further surveys are needed as bats, droppings, and feeding remains are present.

Building inspection

The building was inspected to look for any signs that bats might be present. Bat droppings are often present, close to places where bats roost. Feeding remains are sometimes found, depending on the way the building is used by bats. Field signs such as droppings and feeding remains, can be washed off the outside of buildings by rain. But tend to last longer inside buildings.

Habitat

The habitat surrounding a building is an important factor. Hedgerows, woodlands, and areas of open grassland, or farmland, and proximity to water are important. The more of these features there are, and the closer they are, the more likely it is that bats will be present. bats make use of sub-urban, and urban habitats too. They use linked gardens, and railway embankments, or public parks to forage. And there is plenty of roosting habitat available in buildings.

Disturbance

Many species of bats will not tolerate light. They actively stay away from brightly lit areas, and only emerge from their roosts, when it is fully dark. Some species, are quite tolerant, and have learned to forage, and live in well lit, urban areas, and even town centres. Bats stay away from light to evade predators, such as owls.

The initial bat emergence survey has been completed and found a single brown long eared bat roosting inside the barn. Two further surveys are scheduled, which will give us a full picture on the way that bats are using the building.

Please contact us for information and advice on bat surveys.

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